September, 2018

This Agile Contract Could Save Your Next Project

The Digital Project Manager

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Rogue Project Sponsor: What to Do when Sponsorship goes Bad

Online PM Courses

One of the things that can make your life most difficult is a rogue Project Sponsor. It’s like they have turned to the dark side. And it feels as if they no longer have your project’s best interests at heart.

2018 207

Plausible or probable?

Musings on Project Management

Ponder this for a moment: Adding detail to the description of an uncertainty may make it seem less probable (the more you know, the less you think it will happen than a more abstract version), though it may make it more plausible Now move forward to that first tool of choice among risk managers, the risk register. The logic is this: As detail abounds and abstraction abates, plausibility Risk Management Statistics

2018 190

The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

LiquidPlanner

What are the project management skills that you really need to focus on today? I hear from project managers every week who aren’t sure what skills they should be building on.

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Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

Project Management for Startups & Entrepreneurs: A Quick Start Guide

ProjectManager.com

Project management can appear very formal to an outsider. That’s because project management maps out a specific, seemingly inflexible, process for initiating, monitoring and closing a project, all according to an established methodology.

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Project Success through ‘TRUE’ Motivators

Arras People

Blog by: Richard Lampitt. One of the many responsibilities of a Project Manager is to lead and motivate in order to get the best results from the project’s team members. Projects often require people to complete challenging tasks, within challenging timescales.

2018 336

The Qualities of a Good Project Manager

Prince2

Understandably, we believe that being certified in project management is a sure-fire way to boost your career chances, knowledge of best practice and overall skillset. However, without the right personal skills, a qualification can only take you so far. We’ve pulled together 4 essential attributes you can use to take your PM skills from good to great. Organisation.

2018 283

Asking for Project Management Advice

Project Risk Coach

I've observed scores of project managers through the years. Some manage projects with no input from others. Others are not afraid of asking for project management advice. How about you? Have you ever been lost without a GPS or map? Not sure where you are or how to get to where you want to be?

2018 267

7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

LiquidPlanner

Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have to sell this change to executives in your organization. And, they’re going to be business people too.

2018 576

Build Product Progress with a Strong Data Culture

Speaker: Nima Gardideh, CTO, Pearmill

Have you ever thought your product's progress was headed in one direction, and been shocked to see a different story reflected in big picture KPIs like revenue? It can be confusing when customer feedback or metrics like registration or retention are painting a different picture. No matter how sophisticated your analytics are, if you're asking the wrong questions - or looking at the wrong metrics - you're going to have trouble getting answers that can help you. Join Nima Gardideh, CTO of Pearmill, as he demonstrates how to build a strong data culture within your team, so everyone understands which metrics they should actually focus on - and why. Then, he'll explain how you can use your analytics to regularly review progress and successes. Finally, he'll discuss what you should keep in mind when instrumenting your analytics.

Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog: A Quick Guide

ProjectManager.com

Agile project management can be a great help in a wide variety of projects, but if it is not fully understood, there will be problems. In Agile, there are unique terms and ways of working that can be bewildering for those new to the methodology.

2018 405

How To Make Time for Professional Development

Girl's Guide to PM

The best project managers invest time in professional development. It might not always be easy, but continually learning is one of the sure-fire ways of staying on top of the trends in project and programme management.

2018 324

7 Linkedin Tips for Project Professionals

Arras People

Linkedin – love it or hate it, you can’t deny that it’s become a premium recruitment platform (even though that wasn’t the original intention – or was it!).

2018 295

10 Of the Best Scrum Tools to Increase Your Team’s Productivity

The Digital Project Manager

Compare the best Scrum tools by pricing, features, integrations, and pros & cons in this expert project management review. These tools facilitate the Scrum framework, encouraging collaboration, transparency, and efficiency among your team.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Why You Need To Say 'No' At Work (Hint: Your Work Will Get Better)

Trello

Here’s a familiar scenario: You’re up to your ears in projects. Despite this, your boss comes up with a new initiative and is asking you to spearhead it, knowing full well you’re already overloaded.

2018 336

5 Steps to Making Your Project Meetings Effective

LiquidPlanner

“As a leader, you must consistently drive effective communication. Meetings must be deliberate and intentional—your organizational rhythm should value purpose over habit and effectiveness over efficiency.”- ”- Chris Fussell. —. Meetings.

2018 549

How Data Visualization Tools Can Improve Your Project Management

ProjectManager.com

People process information differently, and there are many types of intelligences. According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, there are nine types of intelligences , which explain how individuals learn. One type of intelligence that Gardner coined is spatial, which means picture smart.

2018 389

Best Agile Books for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

In this video I share my top picks for books on Agile, especially for those of you new to Agile or considering moving your organisation to Agile ways of working. These are my current favourite books on agile for project managers. Under the video you’ll see details of each of the books mentioned.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Preparing for a Project Management Interview

Arras People

So you have perfected your CV and secured yourself an interview. If you’re feeling slightly nervous, that’s good, after all, if you didn’t feel some nerves you wouldn’t be human!

2018 280

How many hats should a Scrum Master wear?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve run into a few situations recently where Scrum Masters (SMs) are performing multiple roles and while they might have the capacity to do so, on any moderate sized initiative, it might be difficult for them to fulfill all the responsibilities of the SM role.

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Nine Awesome Benefits in the World of Stakeholder Management

Project Risk Coach

John has been failing to exploit and enhance the benefits of stakeholder management. He's not been be convinced of the benefits. Allow me to pull back the veil and share nine benefits of stakeholder management.

2018 212

What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?

Planio

If it takes a village to raise a child, then it’s safe to say it takes a whole city to run a project. No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day.

2018 295

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

How to Make a Good Impression on your New Boss

ProjectManager.com

How do you make a good impression on your new boss? Well, first you should try to understand what it means to be a boss in general. A new boss is both a fresh-faced individual, and someone who is filling a defined role. Recognize that the responsibilities of that role are largely universal.

2018 374

Ratios! Some good; some evil

Musings on Project Management

Ratio's. as commonly applied. often violate the higher law: "Do good; avoid evil" Poster child for the evil ratio: Wouldn't it be nice if we could ban % Complete from the lexicon of project management! Complete is a ratio, numerator/denominator. The big issue is with the denominator. The denominator, which is supposed to represent the effort required, is really dynamic and not static estimate planning schedule

2018 204

Project Management Career Pathways: Contract or Permanent

Arras People

At Arras People we are always recruiting for a number of roles across a variety of industries. However, despite all the different variations of roles, there are two main types of employment: Permanent and Contract. Both offer different things and are likely to suit one person better than the other.

2018 270

Helping functional managers through an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

A lot has been written about the challenges caused by functional managers when their company undergoes an agile transformation. But with this emphasis on what they shouldn’t be doing, not as much gets published about the specific activities we should be doing to help them through the change.

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A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.

Four Reasons Why You Struggle to Engage Stakeholders

Project Risk Coach

Colin Gautrey This is a guest post by Colin Gautrey from Learn to Influence. Colin is an author, trainer and executive coach who has specialized in the field of power and influence for over ten years.

2018 212

Women in Project Management: Koviljka Lukic

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m interviewing Koviljka Lukic CAPM®, a volunteer with the PMI Chapter in Serbia, mother, sales engineer and all round lovely person. Below, Koviljka shares what it’s like to study for project management exams with small children and how she’s finding a work/life balance that works for her.

2018 195

How to Plan a Webinar

ProjectManager.com

As the workforce becomes more mobile, the importance of webinars has only grown. Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you everything you need to know to plan a webinar. Here’s a screenshot of the whiteboard for your reference! In Review – How to Plan a Webinar.